Greetings to all esteemed members of Indian Society of Soil Salinity and Water Quality.
I am honoured to be the President of Indian Society of Soil Salinity and Water Quality (ISSSWQ) since May 2016. As General Secretary for so many years, I have witnessed the steady growth of the Society and I acknowledge the excellent work and tireless efforts of all our past Presidents and Executive Councils for improving the society at par with the leading national societies. In the recent past, the Society has successfully organized the Golden Jubilee International Salinity Conference-2019 on Resilient Agriculture in Saline Environments under Changing Climate: Challenges & Opportunities at Karnal during 7-9 February 2019, jointly with ICAR-CSSRI to commemorate the Golden Jubilee Year of the Institute in which 275 delegates from 17 countries, CGAIR institutions, ICAR institutes, SAUs, state line departments, industries and progressive farmers participated.
In the past, the Society also organized five national seminars/conferences organized on various important themes at different regions of India since 2010. In these events, it was envisioned to engage our members, experts and stakeholders in far reaching places for the exchange of ideas and updated knowledge with the society. I appreciate all the members of the Society for their whole hearted support and cooperation for making all these events successful. Presently, new initiatives have been taken for further expansion and modernization of the society including the upgradation of society website, migration of our journal to the open journal system, improving journal NAAS rating, online availability of published articles and journals, etc. In addition, I am pleased to inform that the society has proposed to organize National Webinars/Seminar on contemporary issues on achieving land degradation neutrality on soil salinization and waterlogging, advances in reclamation and management of salt-affected soils, modern diagnostic tools for mapping of salt-affected soils and poor quality water, reclamation technologies and management practices for use of saline and sodic groundwater and wastewater, rapid breeding for multi abiotic stress tolerance in crops and reclamation status of salt-affected lands in the country. I earnestly request all the highly esteemed members to visit the society website and communicate invaluable suggestions and feedback for further improving various services rendered by the society. I once again thank all the members for giving me the opportunity to serve as the President of the society.
(Dr. P.C. Sharma)